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DISS HUNDRED FULL LICENCE CLOSED 1987
DISS LICENCE REGISTERS 19th Sept 1794 &  PS 16/5/1 (1928 - 1969)
DISS UPPER BREWERY Owned in 1774 by James Simpson : Tied at about that time to Charles Simpsons Upper Brewery.
SHERIFFE Lot no. 11 in auction of the Robert Sheriffe estate 02.09.1840
Purchased 1840 to Samuel Farrow.
YOUNGS, CRAWSHAY & YOUNGS  
BULLARDS  
WATNEY MANN  (Anglia Taverns 1975)
FREEHOUSE by 1986
Licensees :
WILLIAM WOOLEY to 1748 
THOMAS BARKER 1789
PHILIP PALMER 1791 - 1794
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THOMAS MAPLESTONE * 1817 - 1836
JANE MAPLESTONE
age 69 in 1841
Died by September 1845
1839 - 1845
WILLIAM BUTTON 1845 - 1849
CHARLES BUTCHER
Died Sunday 10th November 1850 - age 56
1850
SARAH BUTCHER
Age 54 in 1851
* 1851 - 1853
WILLIAM MOORE
& farmer 95 acres
by 11.1853 - 1863
WILLIAM MOORE junior 12. 1863 - 1865
Mrs ELIZABETH PIKE
& posting house, hearse & mourning coach proprietor and Inland Revenue office. (Omnibus to meet every train)
1867 - 1868
CHARLES BARFOOT 1869 - 1877
FREDERICK JOSEPH BURRAGE by 09.1878 - 1908
GEORGE SAINTHILL PEARCE 1912 - 1922
ARTHUR EDGAR SIMMONS 1925
FREDERICK WILLIAM SPINK 1929
ERNEST MARKELLIE 13.05.1931
GEORGE BISHOP 11.07.1935
MAUD ANNIE BISHOP undated
FRANCIS A GIDDY 13.01.1949
EDGAR SIMMONS 13.01.1953
BERTRAM NICHOLS
(Secretary of Youngs, Crawshay & Youngs)
20.10.1955
PERCY SHEPHERD
(Brewery Representative)
15.12.1960
EDWARD KENDLE THACKERY
(Brewery Representative)
by 1964
HADRIAN CROMPTON undated
KENNETH JOHN ROOKE by 1967
ANTONIO MASALA by 1969
Mr JOE CHAPMAN
(Elected as member of the Hotel & Catering Institute August 1971)
10.1970 - 1972
SUSAN & JOHN HARRIS
(relief managers - Joe Chapman in hospital following cartilage operation)
January 1973
ALASTAIR BERRIDGE October 1975
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Possibly originated as a refreshment house in the 14thC.

A timber framed Coaching Inn with musicians gallery, dating from the 1640's.

It was announced 8th April 1748 that this ancient and well accustomed house was to be sold. The occupant at the time being William Wooley.


A Book Club is recorded as meeting here during the years 1756 to 1775.

An Assembly and Ball held here 17th June 1761.

The Anniversary of the Constitution of the Royal Alfred Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons was held here Monday 5th July 1779.

An Assembly Room was included in the 1840 sale.

30th September 1845 - William Button thanked the Nobility, Gentry, Commercial Gentlemen and the Public in general for the support they had conferred upon his late mother-in-law, Mrs Maplestone. Having taken on the recently rebuilt and enlarged Inn, he could offer increased comfort and service and looked forward to their continuation of patronage.

William Button acknowledged the increased support he had received since he had completed the alterations and improvements to the Old Established Inn (& Railway Office) - June and again July 1849.

Mr. Button, late of the Kings Head, was in court Thursday 3rd January 1850, having been called to give evidence against six persons accused of attempting to embezzle £300 jointly from the late Thomas Dyson and Thomas Loomb Taylor. Button refused to give any evidence since he considered any answer given could be construed to incriminate himself.

William Moore informed the Inhabitants of Diss, 19th November 1853, that he had entered the house as successor of the late, much respected Landlady Mrs. Sarah Butcher.

Mr. William Moore junior succeeded his father and had his opening dinner on Thursday 17th December 1863.


Mrs Pike served tea in her excellent style, to the corps of the 8th Norfolk Rifle Volunteers on Tuesday 1st October 1867.

Charles Barfoot had `lately taken over' the house when a market and opening tea was provided for about ninety persons Friday 28th May 1869.

An Inland Revenue office operated here in the 18thC.

Advertised as a Family & Commercial Hotel & Posting House in early 1900's.

Bullards beers and a comprehensive wine list advertised 1967 / 1968 with Luncheon served for the price of 9/6d and Dinner for 12/6d.
The Waverley Trio providing background music on Saturday nights.